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CEAP asks the next DepEd chief to prioritize education over Covid.

MANILA – Presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte is relying on the education sector’s problem caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic to be prioritized by an association representing over 1,500 Catholic and private schools in the Philippines.

According to Alan Arellano, executive director of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), the new Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) is expected to assist in the resolution of issues in the sector.

“Her (Sara’s) celebrity could help her influence young people to be better Filipinos. If she is truly chosen to lead the department. In an interview with Church-run Radio Veritas, he remarked, “We hope she can address the education problem we’re facing.”

“She may be consulting education stakeholders in the coming days.” Arellano continued, “We are willing to be a part of that process.”

Presumptive President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. named Duterte, his running mate in the just-concluded May 9 elections, as the future Secretary of Education.

Although Duterte has refused the required Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), the CEAP official expressed willingness to assist in the creation of policies if the mandatory ROTC is established.

“If this becomes part of the curriculum, we will assist in the formulation of acceptable principles that young people should acquire to be holy, patriotic, humanitarian, and environmentally friendly,” said Arellano.

Arellano promised that Catholic and private schools will continue to teach young people the truth and provide a lesson that will strengthen a student’s judgment to always choose what is right, despite fears from various religious and youth groups that the next administration will delete the record and official data on Martial Law.

CEAP has more than 1,600 educational institutions as members.

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